En Vacances!

vacation

 

It’s that time of the year when the beautiful South of France beckons, so I’m heading off on holiday for a couple of weeks to soak up some St Tropez sun.

I’ll be taking a break from my blog while I’m away, but if you head over to Instagram I’ll be posting from there.  Follow me @julieehurst.

À bientôt.

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Image Credit: Pinterest

 

The Stranger

 

This haunting black and white video titled ‘The Stranger’ was produced for Dazed Korea to accompany a fashion shoot of the same name. Featuring Serbian model Mina Cvetkovic and styled by Sung Hee Kim, the short film showcases pieces from the spring/summer collections.

Still loving those Calvin Klein body chains…..

See the images from the fashion shoot here

 

She Walks in Beauty

black and white photography

The title of this shoot for L’Officiel Malaysia’s May 2016 issue was taken from one of Lord Byron’s most famous poems. ‘She Walks in Beauty’ is said to have been inspired by the English poet’s encounter with his first cousin’s beautiful wife, Anne Beatrix Wilmot, and he describes her beauty using contrasts of dark and light…

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Photographer Alexandre Felix and stylist Coline Peyrot have, in turn, used these contrasts as inspiration for this darkly beautiful shoot.

See more images from the shoot here

See more from L’Officiel Malaysia here

Image Credits: Visual Optimism

Her Name is Rio

Louis Vuitton Rio

At the end of last week, the fashion set travelled to Rio de Janeiro to witness Nicolas Ghesquière’s weekend presentation for Louis Vuitton Resort 2017. The Saturday spectacular was staged at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which sits atop a cliff at Guanabara Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the designer’s third destination show.

What began as a trend among the top-tier brands, including Chanel and Dior, for choosing ever-exotic venues to reveal their resort-wear – Nicolas Ghesquière has previously shown at the former Palm Springs’ home of Bob Hope and the Place du Palais in the principality of Monaco – has now become an industry mainstay. And as clearly evidenced at Chanel’s recent show in Cuba, these far-flung locations have a significant impact on the designers’ collections.

So with Brazil playing host to the Olympic Games next month, sports references and sportswear in general were unsurprisingly in abundance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. And the clothes were playfully colourful too, reflecting the city’s climate as well as its vibrant culture.

Louis Vuitton Rio

However, the designer didn’t forget his customer from cooler climes, and his Rio girl also showed her darker, more dramatic side.  The military inspired tailoring in a more sombre palette and monochrome all-in-ones which also made an appearance were, needless to say, among my personal favourites.

Louis Vuitton Rio

I wonder where Louis Vuitton Resort will land next?

See all the looks from the show here

Image Credits: harpersbazaar.com / vogue.com

Battle of the Bags

Puzzle bag

Loewe’s Puzzle Bag

Since the launch of the Fendi Baguette back in 1997, heralding the concept of the ‘It’ bag, luxury brands have been on a constant quest to capture our attention and secure must-have status for their own designs. Consequently, the marketplace has become ever more crowded, many styles have suffered from over exposure, and, in my humble opinion, creativity has often suffered too.

In the absence of any real desire, or need, over the past few years, I’ve been more than happy to stick with my well-loved favourites, which tick personal boxes in terms of style and practicality. However, this may be about to change thanks to Loewe, or to be more precise, one Jonathan Anderson.

The Northern Irish designer was appointed by the luxury brand, renowned for its leather goods, back in 2013, and his first handbag for the house was the Puzzle. Structured yet slouchy in appearance, thanks to the patchwork of soft leather panels that make up the design, this unassuming bag has quietly wooed the fashion world, and can now also count me as a fan.

This talented designer seems to have tapped into my sense of style of late – I’ve recently blogged about my first J.W.Anderson purchase – and the Pre-fall collection Pierce bag, conceived for his eponymous label, is also on my radar.

Pierce bag

J.W.Anderson’s Pierce Bag

This rather ladylike design is an unusual pick for me, but I love the contrast with the modern cut outs and sleek, circular hardware.

Here’s Jonathan Anderson himself introducing the Pierce bag to matchesfashion.com’s Jane McFarland…

Given that at present, the Pierce comes with gold-toned hardware only, and  silver is my metal of choice, the Puzzle is currently winning the battle of the bags.  But who knows what new features may be introduced in future seasons?  If I can wait that long.  Watch this space…

Image Credits: tamikerndepotvente.com / matchesfashion.com

Winter Sun

sunglasses

With summer firmly in our sights, advertisements for eyewear are now filling the pages of glossy magazines and our internet feeds, typically featuring beach-ready models in sun-drenched locations or snapped under the glare of studio lights. However, one Australian brand has taken a rather different approach to showcase its current collection.

Valley Eyewear chose the snow-covered hills surrounding a former Communist Party building in Bulgaria to capture their latest campaign, and with quite dramatic results…

sunglasses

sunglasses

sunglasses

See more images from the shoot here, where you can also watch the accompanying campaign video ‘The Happening’.  Brrr…

Image Credits: valleyeyewear.com